BME Cancer Voice was re-launched by BHI an organisation with charitable status who work nationally, at the House of Commons on 25th February 2014.
The Launch was hosted by Fabian Hamilton MP and supported by Baroness Howells of St Davids OBE.
BACKGROUND OF BME CANCER VOICE
BME Cancer Voice was developed and supported by National Cancer Action Team which was part of the NHS national cancer programme until March 2013 when this was abolished as part of the NHS reforms. NHS national cancer surveys have shown consistently since 2000 that patients from BME groups have identified a poorer experience of cancer services than white patients. BME Cancer Voice can play a crucial role in identifying areas of improvements.
There is clearly a need to develop cultural competency within the NHS to support both BME Cancer Patients and NHS staff. Cancer affects 1 in 3 people in the UK, however certain cancers including Prostate Cancer, Cervical and Stomach Cancer have higher incidence rates in some ethnic minorities
BME Cancer Voice is committed to working with partners to ensure the gap of cancer patient inequalities is narrowed.
Heather Nelson JP – National Director – BME Cancer Voice 0113 307 0300/07462640217
Paula Lloyd-Knight – President – BME Cancer Voice 07876857279
BME Cancer Voice Ambassadors
Anjula Mutanda – TV Psychotherapist/Author email@example.com
Kevin Maxwell – Writer and Equality Campaigner firstname.lastname@example.org